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About the StangsUnleashed / S197ShelbyOA Archives

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About the StangsUnleashed / S197ShelbyOA Archives was started on 20 July 2005 in Dearborn, Michigan.  In late 2005, Ford announced that they would be bringing back the Shelby GT500 for the 2007 model year and a sister site to StangsUnleashed appeared, the GT500Source.


After the GT500 was officially announced, it was decided at a Ford Motor Company Christmas party to form a new-generation GT500 club, hence the was formed.  What did S197ShelbyOA actually mean? S197 was Ford's internal code for the 2005-2014 Mustang and ShelbyOA stood for Shelby Owners Association.  This club was also formed in Dearborn, Michigan.


While StangsUnleashed, TheGT500Source and the S197ShelbyOA operated together, they were not on the same website or database.   This was changed when all three websites were merged into and sub-sections for each segment were made of the site.


By the time the 2007 Shelby GT500 launched, Shelby Autos was working with the site and it was eventually acquired in a meeting held outside of Dearborn, Michigan.  Within a few months, the StangsUnleashed and S197ShelbyOA names were dropped and the site became


This site runs off the original StangsUnleashed and the S197ShelbyOA backbone database, when it was spun off shortly before Shelby took it over.  This site in itself has changed names a few times and more or less operates as an historical archive.


I believe that the original moderators included: Rob Aichele (Grabber), Chris Pessinis (crispy23c), Michelle Wingard (Evil95GT) and Paul Rocha (kaylan1521).  Please correct me if I am wrong.


We've tried out very best to recover all of the 2005+ data and have some more to add in the future.  We hope that the original topics and replies bring back some pleasant memories for you.


You can view all of the available StangsUnleashed / S197ShelbyOA content here, however, you must be logged in. 


If you cannot recover your password or account, contact us here.

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